Despite generations of jewelry trend evolutions, one piece never goes out of style: the charm bracelet. The enchanting timelessness of the piece sparked a collaboration between IPPOLITA and LizWorks, paying homage to its sentimentality and artistry. The fruits of their partnership, CHARMED, calls upon the contributions of seven modern female artists, who each created a charm for the bracelet that speaks to their artistic vision and personal history: Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Mickalene Thomas, Rachel Feinstein, Shirin Neshat, and Wangechi Mutu.
“What’s really nice is that the artists are all of the same generation,” Ippolita Rostagno explained. “Their concerns are somewhat aligned and the concerns of their world views are somewhat aligned, so what they came up with wasn’t completely disparate.”
Perhaps one of the most defining qualities of a charm bracelet is its inherent uniqueness. CHARMED remains true to this element of its tradition, releasing only 50 bracelets in total, each individually numbered. Exclusively available at the IPPOLITA Madison Flagship Boutique starting November 7th, the 18k gold bracelets retail starting at $58,000.
Rostagno and her partner for the project, LizWorks founder Liz Swig, both have deep roots it the arts and have brought such creative ideals into the core of their commercial ventures.
“The biggest idea is that art matters, and that you’re going to put a stake in the ground and embrace that concept by giving your loved one the most charming, representative object of that idea,” Rostagno says.
CHARMED has found a way to merge the advancement of current artists and the nostalgia of the past, both shared and personal.
“In the world of jewelry, charms are the one place you can be literal and get away with it,” Rostagno says of her own connection to the bracelet. “Not only in the public eye, but also for yourself. It’s the one place I can do it and feel authentic. The traditional way people relate to jewelry in sentimental fashion is attached to that collectable.”